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This lesson plan collection activity includes three webquests/lesson plans. The first webquest contains forty questions and an answer sheet is included for the teacher about John Browns actions in Kansas and at Harpers Ferry. Students will gain basic knowledge about John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry by completing an internet-based worksheet.
The John Brown Webquest uses an amazing virtual museum website by Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The website allows students view historical artifacts and gives a basic overview of the John Brown’s action in Kansas and Virginia.
Two internet based primary document worksheets on John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry are also included. The websites used are from a great primary source site, the Eye Witness to History site. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
The following topics are covered in the primary document readings.
John Brown's Raid, 1859
John Brown Defends His Raid, 1859
Students read the documents and answer the questions. I usually print out the reading for the students, but you can have students answer the questions using the websites. These activities are great for reinforcing information or complimenting topics being taught in the classroom. The assignments can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify them as needed for your classes. A teacher answer sheet is included for each worksheet.
Lastly, a collection of web resources with great John Brown lesson plans and video clips are included.